When someone asks you straight-up, “Hey, can you tell me about your book?”, how well do you articulate? Do you freeze up and stutter and tell them to consult the summary on the back? Do you have trouble finding the right words to describe your book? Are you able to sell it to people in a few lines before their attention fades away, or do you give them a blurry outline that earns a polite, confused smile out of them, a smile which clearly says, “I have no idea what your book talks about, but good on you for writing it!”
Sadly, that’s what I do.
I’m sitting here, devouring a packet of Sweetarts Jelly Beans (which are very yummy, by the way), staring at a bunch of interview questions sent to me by a blogger who has reviewed Puppet Parade, uncertain of how to answer some of them. Sure it’s my book, but I’m finding it really difficult to come up with answers that won’t sound too ridiculous or make me sound totally clueless about the subjects I’ve addressed.
That’s not to say that I don’t know what my book’s about, because I do. The details are all there in my head, but I don’t know how to express them in words. It’s even worse when someone asks me about it in person, at which point I stare blankly at them for a moment until they say, “Zen? Your book, can you tell me what it’s about?” and I have to scramble to get a copy and shove it under their noses with a triumphant cry of, “Here! Have a summary!”
And don’t get me started on questions about my own person. I feel incredibly self-conscious when talking about myself, and I always worry that I might come off as a snob or a show-off. When I was drawing up my résumé for the first time, I could not find it in me to sit and write it because it felt like showing off, and it took me nearly a month to finally reach a finalized copy.
But I guess for now I should grit my teeth and do the interview as best as I can; as a newbie author, every bit of publicity helps!
I have to laugh at the tags WordPress suggested – communication disorders, speech disorder, George VI of the United Kingdom (known for stammering), National Stuttering Day… come on! I’m not that bad!
Am I? Please tell me I’m not alone in this! =[